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nurse practitioner (… prak-TIH-shuh-ner)

A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat
disease. Nurse practitioners are licensed at the state level and certified by national nursing
organizations. In cancer care, a nurse practitioner may manage the primary care of patients and
their families, based on a practice agreement with a doctor. Also called advanced practice nurse,
APN, and NP.

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